The African Queen

by Forester, C S

The African Queen is the story of a jerry-rigged attack on a German gunboat in Central Africa during the early days of World War I. An important subplot is the love story between the Charlie Allnutt, captain of the small launch named The African Queen, and Rose Sayer, the sister and companion of an Anglican missionary who dies in the first part of the novel. Rose's personality is the driving force of the attack, and the novel. Interestingly, the original UK edition has a happy ending, with the couple surviving to be married, but in the US edition, Allnutt dies during the attack. -

First Edition Identification and Notes

The first U.K. edition can bring over $15,000 for a book in excellent condition. Wear to the edges of pages and the boards of the book is common, but the original printing holds up well. It should be noted that the US edition is known to be much more likely to have suffered damage, and is considered fragile. Copies of the first US edition in good shape are very rare, and can command several thousand (U.S.) dollars if they are without substantial flaws.

Other Collectible or Notable Editions

The book inspired a classic well known film of the same name starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn in the major roles. The popularity of the movie contributes to the continuing interest in the book, and early copies of this title are highly sought after by collectors. -

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THE AFRICAN QUEEN

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The African Queen

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1935
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THE AFRICAN QUEEN

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1935
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Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1935. Very good plus in near-fine jacket.. First US edition of this classic WWI adventure story (with a dash of romance), following a skipper and missionary's housekeeper as they plot to destroy a German gunboat -- adapted into a Hollywood film starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn. Far from the tall ships of… Read more
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The African Queen

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1935
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First Edition
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1935
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The African Queen.

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1935.
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The African Queen

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1935
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The African Queen.

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Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1935. First edition of C.S. Forester's beloved African adventure, basis for John Huston's 1951 Oscar-winning film starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. An exceptional example.
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1935
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London: William Heinemann, 1935. The author's most famous novel First edition, first impression. Forester's novel, also published in the US the same year, was adapted into the highly successful film in 1951 starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. Octavo. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in burgundy morocco, titles and decoration to spine gilt, single rule to boards gilt,… Read more
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1935
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The African Queen.

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1935.
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1935
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The African Queen

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The African Queen

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1935
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The African Queen

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1935
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The African Queen

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The African Queen

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1935
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The African Queen

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1935
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1935
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The African Queen

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1935
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The African Queen

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1935
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The African Queen (Modern Library, No. 102)

by C S Forester

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1940
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The African Queen

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The African Queen

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Norwalk, Conn: Easton Press Still in shrink wrap from publisher. Dark green leather. Ribbed spine with 22kt gold accents. Fabric endsheets, silk book-marker sewn in. All edges gilt. Attractive copy of classic. . Reprint. Full Leather. Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
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The African Queen

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African Queen (First Edition)

by Forester, C.S. [Cecil Scott]

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1935
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The African Queen

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1940
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The African Queen

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1940
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The African Queen

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The African Queen

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1984-06-30
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AMAZING DETECTIVE CASES, 1958 october

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The African Queen

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1952
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THE AFRICAN QUEEN

by C. S. Forester

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1946-01-01
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The African Queen

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1936
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The African Queen (Ulverscroft large print series)

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The African Queen

by Forester, C. S.

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1984
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The African Queen

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1984
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The African Queen

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1984
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The African Queen

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1984
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The African Queen

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The African Queen

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The African Queen

by Forester, C. S.

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1935
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The African Queen

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AMAZING DETECTIVE CASES, 1960 february

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African Queen - Large Print Edition

by Forester, C. S.

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THE AFRICAN QUEEN

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1940
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